Being inspired and imaginative with your summer meals is easy because of such a rich bounty of produce available, but if you want to eat fresh come Autumn, there’s still plenty of foraging to be done to make your meals mouth-watering.
Here are a couple of super-quick recipes offering the best of the Autumn fields and hedgerows.
Firstly, don’t forage for mushrooms unless you absolutely know what you’re looking for. The supermarkets have a fabulous variety that are all safe to eat!
You will need, for 2 people:
4 slices of sourdough bread
1 tbsp olive oil
400g mixed mushrooms
1 clove garlic, crushed
Handful of fresh parsley finely chopped
Knob of butter
3 slice prosciutto
2 tsps crème fraiche
Firstly, toast the sourdough slices and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the prosciutto slices, breaking them up when they are crispy. Set these aside. Add the butter to the pan and add the garlic, then the mushrooms and cook for around 5 minutes. Stir through the crème fraiche and add the chopped parsley. Heap the mushrooms on top of the sourdough toasts and top with the prosciutto.
You’ll find the blackberries are in abundance on hedgerows right now, so grab a container and get picking. This berry compote is great on breakfast waffles, granola and with ice cream.
You will need:
Knob of butter
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
Melt the butter in a large pan over a low heat and then stir in the sugar and the vanilla essence until the sugar has dissolved. Add the blackberries and cook for around 3 minutes. Stir well and serve warm.
It's a shame that I'm too scared to pick my own mushrooms in case they're poisonous!
I discovered on Friday that the blackberry compote is a fantastic afternoon treat and really portable for work lunchboxes too, if you have a fridge in work.
the answer to those forgotten mushrooms in the fridge. Will be on plain toast, but that's breakfast sorted tomorrow!
I had lots of fun grabbing blackberries and made something similar to the compote; kept in the fridge for a week and made a delicious topping on my breakfast cereal. Healthy, of course!